“I woke up when Josh Pyke mooned me and my new personal trainer,” she laughed. She had the dream the night after her introductory PT session, and she was doubtful that she’d be able to keep a straight face during her second session later today.
In the dream, she and her new PT went to a gig at an amphitheatre near her old primary school, to hear Australian singer-songwriter Josh Pyke. When she went up to the stage to introduce Josh Pyke to her PT, he mooned them.
Nova style radio means getting to the – ahem – bottom line pretty swiftly, give or take a bit of banter.
“If you want to succeed with your exercise goals, you’ll need to understand your mooning attitude,” I began, perhaps mysteriously. “Which three words would you use to describe Josh Pyke’s personality?”
“Chilled out, a chiller, friendly,” Maz replied.
“So there’s a chilled out part of you that feels like mooning your PT,” I suggested. “And because your primary school comes up in the dream, this probably goes back to how you felt about training and discipline back in your primary school days.”
“I was 110% committed at primary school,” Maz observed.
Every aspect has its shadow – or balance – and for committed, disciplined people there’s always a chilled out side hanging in the shadows. Sometimes we’re driven to extremes (like 110% discipline) by a fear of the opposite extreme (totally chilled out).
Things began to click for Maz. In her introductory session, her PT had discussed nutrition, and she said she began to think, “Oh, no! I’ll have to give up booze, foods I love …”. She could relate to the feeling of mooning the whole PT idea in favour of chilling out. But by the time she went to bed, she said she’d decided to “110%” commit to her personal training goals.
Maz’s dream reflects the way her mind processed all of this – as all dreams do.
I pointed out some dream word play: her introductory PT session became, in the dream, an introduction to her PT.
Dreams cleverly convey levels of meaning and visual word play, and I suggested to Maz that the mooning may reflect deeper feelings of being quite happy with her butt the way it is (assuming her training also targeted this area).
I returned to the opening bottom line.
“If you want to succeed with your exercise goals, you’ll need to understand your mooning attitude. Giving your PT 110% discipline may lead to burn out. Better to add some balance, to add some chill, to get the right mix to make it fun and achievable, and maybe, just maybe, to factor in being happy with your butt the way it is.”
Maz related to this, and I’m sure the memory of the dream mooning incident will bring a chuckle and a chill factor to her workout this afternoon.
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